Immune Polymorphism and Population Dynamics Workshop

New Orleans, LA 

October 27-30, 2019


An interdisciplinary workshop on immune gene polymorphisms (HLA / KIR / TCR / BCR / Peptide) – a joint meeting of immunologists, geneticists, modelers, and clinicians.

Recent advances in characterizing HLA and KIR diversity in human populations have had crucial translational impacts on modeling bone marrow and solid organ transplant matching. High-throughput targeted sequencing and mass spectrometry have enabled the immune repertoire of T-cell receptors, B-cell receptors and antibodies, and peptide antigens presented by HLA molecules to be examined in unprecedented depth. These gene complexes comprise the most polymorphic regions in the human genome due to their role in the immune response.


This international workshop will host leading immunologists, population geneticists, clinicians, bone marrow registry managers to discuss all aspects of the immune gene polymorphism and function, methods to model genetic diversity and selection forces, and to optimize transplant matching.



Organizing Committee

Loren Gragert (Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA, USA)

Samuel Landry (Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA, USA)

Yoram Louzoun (Bar Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel)

Martin Maiers (Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research, Milwaukee-CIBMTR, WI, USA)

Curtis McMurtrey (Pure MHC, LLC, Austin, Tx, USA)


Support and Acknowledgements

The organizers wish to acknowledge the generous support of:

  • Tulane University School of Medicine
  • Carol Lavin-Bernick Family Foundation
  • National Marrow Donor Program / Be The Match